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  • 9th May 2006

    Human rights group move against gay marriage law change 1

    With a Senate vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign

    12:00 AM — The Human Rights Campaign's fight against the Federal Marriage Amendment has hit full swing as the date for the Senate vote approaches.With a vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign in the press targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, urged more than 250,000 fair-minded Americans to act against the amendment.

  • Gay fear mother found guilty of custody interference 1

    The boy, now 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said his mother told him to lie at the custody hearing about being molested

    12:00 AM — A mother who kidnapped her son in fear that her ex husband would turn him gay, has been found guilty of interfering with custody of the child and breaking a restraining order.The jury of four women and two men took just an hour to find 50-year-old Caren Macdonald guilty.

  • MPs and gay groups question wisdom of Kelly appointment 21

    Ruth Kelly says she will fight discrimination

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe newly appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has come under immediate pressure from the gay community and fellow MPs over her dual appointment as Minister for Women and Equality.Ms Kelly, who is believed to be a member of Opus Dei, the controversial devout Catholic sect will be the voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community within the cabinet.

  • Caribbean homophobic attack victims speak out 5

    A male and female St Maarten resident were arrested last weekend over the homophobic attacks

    12:00 AM — The family of one of the producers attacked in the Caribbean last month have spoken of their shock at how the homophobic assault has affected him.Ryan Smith, 25, a top producer with the David Letterman show and CBS news, has been left with speech and writing problems as well as surgical scars.

  • UK’s first gay surrogate dads face cancer fight 1

    The couple wished to both be named as parents on their children's birth certificates and their wish was granted after they took their case to the Supreme Court

    12:00 AM — Tony and Barrie Brewitt Barlow fought prejudice in 2000 to become the UK's first gay surrogate parents, but now they have a new battle, throat cancer.Tony, 41, was diagnosed with the disease in February and has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy after doctors warned he would have just four months to live.

  • Gay cannibal handed murder conviction

    The defendant's lawyer admitted to the Berlin court that his client had a fetish for human flesh but insisted he posed no threat to society

    12:00 AM — A German gay cannibal who killed and ate a man he met on the internet has been sentenced to life in prison for murder today after a judge ordered a retrial deeming his earlier sentence too lenient.Armin Meiwes, 44, was initially only found guilty of manslaughter after killing Bernd Juergen Brandes, 43, in 2004, on the basis that his victim was a willing partner.

  • Homosexuality linked to biology 1

    Volunteers were tested to see how they reacted to hormones such as female pheromones

    12:00 AM — Scientists have found more evidence suggesting sexuality is biologically determined, adding weight to arguments that homosexuality is natural.Researchers from the Stockholm Brain Institute in Sweden, discovered that the brains of lesbians responded to known as sexual hormones differently to heterosexual women.

  • Equality minister dodges gay issue 21

    The Minister for Equality and Women appeared on BBC Radio5 Live and was immediately drawn into a defence of her poor voting record in regards to gay rights

    12:00 AM — Ruth Kelly refused to give a clear answer on her views of homosexuality today when confronted in reaction to an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk which found she had never voted for gay rights and is a member of an anti gay Christian group.The Minister for Equality and Women appeared on BBC Radio5 Live and was immediately drawn into a defence of her poor voting record in regards to gay rights.

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  • 8th May 2006

    Gay clubbing drug recipes found online 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community

    12:00 AM — Police fear crystal meth is set to replace heroin as the public's most used drug, after recipes for the substance were found on several websites.The internet sites included ingredients such as painkillers and iodine that can be purchased in any supermarket.

  • Gay rent boy MP blames affair on baldness 5

    Mark Oaten announced last month that he is back with his wife who “understands” what led to his betrayal

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has revealed that middle age and his political workload contributed to him having a gay affair with a rent boy.Mr Oaten, MP for Winchester, resigned from his Lib Dem Home Affairs post and the leadership race in January 2006 after allegations in the News of the World of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.

  • Gay hate crimes bill fails

    The bill was abandoned in the Senate so that a sex offenders register could pass

    12:00 AM — A change in the law that would have added homosexuality to federal laws regarding hate crime has been abandoned.The bill, being pushed by Senator Ted Kennedy, had to be dropped after Republicans threatened to block a more high profile sex offender bill and blame it on him and gay activists.

  • HIV group updates information after prosecutions

    The updated booklet gives people with HIV clear information on where they stand legally around disclosure to sexual partners

    12:00 AM — Recent prosecutions for transmitting HIV have prompted Terrence Higgins Trust to update their 'Should I tell' leaflet on disclosure of HIV status.The updated booklet gives people with HIV clear information on where they stand legally around disclosure to sexual partners, as well as practical advice on telling friends or employers that they have the condition.

  • AIDs charity calls for improvement in sex education

    the National AIDS Trust is calling for urgent improvements in the education of young people about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections during National Condom Week from the 8-13 May

    12:00 AM — To mark National Condom Week, the National AIDS Trust is calling for urgent improvements in the education of young people about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and about the use of condoms.An Ipsos MORI survey, commissioned by the National AIDS Trust, found that a quarter of young people aged 15-24 years stop using condoms when they or their partner is on the pill.

  • Lancashire politician becomes first MP to have gay marriage

    David Borrow had a civil union at Preston Register Officer to John Garland, a children's entertainer, in front of family and friends

    12:00 AM — A gay Lancashire politician has become the first MP to have a civil partnership.David Borrow had a civil union at Preston Register Officer to John Garland, a children's entertainer, in front of family and friends.The ceremony had initially been cancelled due to fear of press intrusion, but went ahead last weekend, Mr Borrow, MP for South Ribble, told the Lancashire Evening Post, "We had a lovely ceremony at Preston Register Office.

  • Gay group prepares for anti-homophobia day 2

    IDAHO was inaugurated last May to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, it takes place on May 17th 2006

    12:00 AM — Following protests over the Moscow Pride ban and the successful launch of IDAHO-UK (IDAHO), campaigners across the country are busy arranging the events which are seen as an integral part of the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May 2006.IDAHO will be in the heart of London this year, as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) police liaison officers operate from a mobile police station in Leicester Square throughout the day.

  • Pro gay MP moved to education post

    Pay attention: Jim Knight will have to do his homework as the new schools minister

    12:00 AM — In a further reshuffle of the Labour Party, Tony Blair has appointed Dorset South MP, Jim Knight as schools minister, replacing Jacqui Smith who was promoted to chief whip.The former minister for rural affairs has an important role for the gay community as he will be in charge of the remit for tackling homophobic bullying in schools as well as sex education.

  • Human rights group call for action against homophobia

    The group demand an end to assaults on freedoms of association and assembly in Moscow, Russia

    12:00 AM — Moscow authorities must investigate two incidents where protestors threatened and attacked people entering and leaving gay-friendly bars, according to Human Rights Watch.The group demand an end to assaults on freedoms of association and assembly in a letter to Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, which also calls for an end to the threatened ban on Russia's first planned gay pride parade, scheduled for May 27.

  • California church avoids gay row

    There were fears of a new row over homosexuality after the Diocese of California included two gay clergymen on its shortlist

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church in California has avoided a row over homosexuality after choosing a heterosexual bishop to become its next minister.There were fears of a new row over homosexuality after the Diocese of California included two gay clergymen on its shortlist for a new bishop.

  • 6th May 2006

    Reshuffle error? Can Ruth Kelly really represent the gay community? 22

    Ruth Kelly in pink in Parliament, but she's not there when it matters to gay people

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen examines the problems that Ruth Kelly may face as Minister for Women and Equality.Placing the Women and Equality unit within the new Department for Communities and Local Government does make a great deal of sense.However, the Mr Blair does not seem to have thought through the consequences of moving the unit to a department headed by Ms Kelly who is well known member of Opus Dei.

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